Beaming Device for Z-Wave Lock Too Close to Hub

I have a Yale assure 2 lock and I would like to install @RBoy enhanced zwave lock driver but everything I have read says that I should have at least one mains powered beaming device between the lock and the hub. The issue I have is I live in a one bedroom apartment and I have my hub placed centrally like I read you’re supposed to and that placement is almost exactly 10 feet of the lock so if i put a beaming device in the outlet that’s right in front of the lock like 3 feet away i assume that the lock being so close to the hub will cause the lock to connect directly to the hub instead of to the beaming device defeating the purpose. So my question is do I need the beaming device for the enhanced driver? I haven’t noticed any issues but I also do not check notifications and stuff for me lock and if I do need the beaming device does that mean I need to move my hub? Because if I move my hub the furthest away I possibly could it would be a little over 30 feet away from the lock but instead of being centralized the hub would now be on the perimeter of the apartment and I don’t know what to do.

If you have not noticed any issues… you don’t really need the beaming repeater in your current location of your hub. :slight_smile:

Only get one if you experience issues such as being unable to lock/unlock in ST or have issues setting lock codes.


As @jkp says, if you’re not seeing any problems, don’t worry about it.

But moreover, in the situation you describe, the Zwave network is smart enough to figure it out for itself. It will use the beaming repeater if it needs the beaming repeater.

Your job is to make the beaming repeater available to the network. Its job is to decide when and if to use it. :sunglasses:


Awesome thank you!

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Sounds good, thanks JD. Helpful as always.

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As @RBoy mentioned in the other thread, it’s helpful to remember that zwave and Zigbee are different in this regard. Zigbee end devices (non-repeaters) choose a parent device that can repeat at the time that they join the network and then they pretty much always use that one unless it’s been unavailable for quite some time. Zwave, on the other hand, doesn’t assign a specific parent. Instead, the hub will notify the end device of three or four possible alternate routes. The one that was successful last time will be given preference, but if it’s not available, the device will try one of the others. (Newer zwave devices can add new routes for themselves over overtime, but it typically takes several days.)

So with Zwave as long as you make multiple routes available, the system will figure out what to do on the fly. :sunglasses:


Okay yeah that makes sense. Thanks again. I very much enjoy how much I’ve learned from this community and how much I continue to learn. I would be so lost without you and the other helpful members.